Legislative Updates from the AACU

INFOGRAPHIC: How states are stepping in to fund physician trainingThis infographic depicts the efforts of several states to boost graduate medical education funding. Is your state among them?
Supreme Court case may impact state scope of practice lawsEarlier this spring, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the case of North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, a case arising out of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners’ (NC Dentistry Board) attempt to enforce the state’s scope of practice laws against a group of non-dentists. While this case arises out of a dispute between North Carolina dentists and non-dentists, its outcome is being watched by state dental and medical boards throughout the country for its impact on their ability to regulate the practice of dentistry and medicine within their own states, particularly with respect to scope of practice.
ACA’s ‘grace period’ shows physician-led reform must be grassrootsProfessional organizations including the AACU empower individual urologists with resources that support grassroots engagement in vital campaigns to re-assert the physician's role in health reform.
States push independence for NPPs: A solution to work force crisis?Of the myriad proposed solutions to physician shortages, an expanded scope of practice for non-physician providers can be swiftly implemented by policymakers eager for a quick fix. Unfortunately, quick fixes usually involve shoddy workmanship and, as applied to the provision of health care, shoddy workmanship endangers patient safety.
SGR repeal and the 2014 Joint Advocacy Conference: Timing is everythingThe 2014 Urology Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC), co-sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Urologists and the American Urological Association, turned out to be an opportune time for urologists visiting Capitol Hill.
Legal hurdles may stall telehealth’s role in work force crisisAs thousands of baby boomers age into Medicare every day and millions of newly insured Americans seek health care, analysts point to expanded utilization of telehealth services as one way to alleviate physician shortages and ensure access to care.
Battle over tort reform, physician drug testing wages in CaliforniaA battle is brewing in California between trial lawyers and physicians, one that could be a harbinger of things to come nationally.
Whether urology’s interests are served depends on youIn socioeconomic sessions at urology meetings, e-mail alerts transmitted before critical votes in Congress, or solicitations for political action committee donations, urologists are frequently reminded: “If you’re not at the table, you’ll be on the menu.”
In Washington, time running out to address health care concernsAs the year comes to an end, federal lawmakers still have much to address with Obamacare’s problematic launch and time running out to pass a repeal of the fundamentally flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate by the end of the year.
Urologists unveil future of health delivery at AACU conferenceEnergized by recent legislative victories from Tallahassee to Olympia, urologists looked to the future as they gathered for the 6th annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference. Taking place just days after the Oct. 1 launch of open enrollment for health insurance exchange plans, the event focused on the role of urologists and their professional associations in a transformed health care delivery system.